On the other hand, occasionally there is some good news.
Plans for a "Britishness Day" have been dropped, it has emerged.
The plan for a national holiday, like July 4 in the US or Bastille Day in France, was proposed as part of Gordon Brown's plan to celebrate Britishness.
It was one of the key recommendations of a citizenship review he commissioned from Lord Goldsmith last year.
But minister Michael Wills told MPs that while some ideas from the review would be taken forward, there were no plans to introduce a national day.
So at least we're spared this naff embarrassment.